Hall of Famers named
Twice major winner Sandy Lyle and BBC television commentator Peter Alliss will be inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame next year, organizers said on Thursday. The two Britons will be honored with fellow inductees Phil Mickelson, former LPGA Tour player Hollis Stacy and Sports Illustrated writer Dan Jenkins at an induction ceremony in Florida on May 7. “This is a special day for the European Tour,” chief executive George O’Grady said in a statement. “Peter Alliss and Sandy Lyle are both very worthy candidates for the World Golf Hall of Fame. Peter followed a highly acclaimed playing career by becoming a hugely admired and wonderfully entertaining commentator. Sandy played a pivotal role in raising the image and popularity of British and European golf with his exceptional winning performances in the 1985 British Open and the 1988 US Masters.” Lyle also triumphed at the 1987 Players Championship in Florida, the event known as golf’s unofficial fifth major. The Scot won 29 tournaments worldwide.
Seoul mulls golfers street
South Korea’s capital could dedicate a street to the nation’s most successful golfers, including Asia’s highest ranked player K.J. Choi, officials said yesterday. The Korea Golf Association (KGA) said it was negotiating with Seoul city officials to build the “Pioneer Road” in the financial district of Yeouido. “If the deal goes well, the street will be dedicated in March next year, featuring the handprints of those who have contributed to our golf development,” KGA spokesperson Oh Kyu-chul said. The association is collecting handprints from 34 current and former female golf stars including four-time US LPGA major champion Pak Se-ri, as well as two leading male golfers — Choi and Y.E. Yang. “Young golfers who aspire to become great athletes will be inspired and motivated by what they see featured on the street,” KGA vice president Kim Dong-wook told Chosun Ilbo.
Data for airbags collected
When overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal and downhill world champion Erik Guay navigate the tricky Saslong course at super-fast speeds this weekend, they will be also be collecting data for a radical air bag system that could have a big impact on safety in skiing. The World Cup circuit has been ravaged by a series of life-threatening injuries in recent seasons, prompting the International Ski Federation (FIS) to get together with Italian manufacturer Dainese and start work on an air bag system that has already been in use in motorcycle racing since 2009. FIS is allowing Dainese to outfit 10 athletes that it sponsors this week with special chips lodged in their back protectors that will record speed, angular rotation, acceleration and other information.
Father banned for fighting
The father of France forward Imanol Harinordoquy was banned from Biarritz’s Aguilera Stadium for the rest of the season on Thursday after invading the pitch to defend his son in a punch-up. Lucien Harinordoquy sprinted from the stands during the French Top 14 game against Bayonne on Nov. 29 to protect Imanol, who was on the wrong end of a scuffle with rival player Jean-Jo Marmouyet. Both teams were fined 5,000 euros (US$6,500) by the National Rugby League, while the Aguilera Stadium was banned from hosting Biarritz’s next Top 14 home game.